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CYLA Youth Team

Welcome to the CYLA Interest Page

What is CYLA?

CYLA is a motivated, energetic group of teens who come from different areas and backgrounds in the Archdiocese of NY and who want to contribute their talents and voices to keep their peers connected to each other and to their faith.

What does CYLA actually do?

Members of CYLA share their experiences with the Office of Youth Ministry to help plan existing events like New York Catholic Youth Day (NYCYD). Their fresh perspectives also give rise to new events and programs like LEVEL UP 2020. This is an opportunity for you to let your voice be heard and get your hands dirty – helping you and your peers grow closer to the Lord and the work of His Church. Members of CYLA also take on tangible responsibilities and roles in planning and running youth events in the archdiocese.

 How often does the CYLA Team meet?

We have quarterly meetings, starting with the in-person CYLA Leadership Day. Most meetings are in person, while by weekly checkins are online via web-conference.

Why apply?

This is a great opportunity for high school students who are looking to gain leadership skills, grow in their faith and work with the Office of Youth Ministry to plan events and programs throughout the archdiocese. We are looking for leaders and motivators!

As St. Paul said to St. Timothy, “Let no one despise your youth, but set the believers an example in speech and conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Tim. 4:12)

Who is eligible to be a part of the CYLA Team?

Freshmen – Junior High school students who are active participants in their parish youth ministry or campus ministry program in the Archdiocese of New York.

Why do I have to be an active participant in my parish or school ministry?

We want to hear what’s working and what’s not, so we’re looking for people who have that experience to share. By the way, if your parish doesn’t have a youth ministry program and you are interested in applying for CYLA, email us at [email protected]

Parish Leaders – Know A Teen Who Would Be Interested?

Fill out the interest form below or send info for interested participants to [email protected]


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Teens – How do I apply?

Go to the CYLA Application Page

Applications will be due on September 30th for the 2020-21 team year. Check out the application for more details.

Already a part of CYLA? You can access the CYLA Portal here.